Speak Up For Brooklyn on October 13 with Majora Carter!

Join BrooklynSpeaks for a special benefit to fight for accountable, sensible development at Atlantic Yards, and enjoy some great spicy flavors from Prospect Heights’ favorite southwestern kitchen!

You’ll hear about how other communities are working for sustainability from Majora Carter, internationally-recognized authority on community development, environmental justice, and green job training, a MacArthur “genius,” and host of the NPR series, “The Promised Land.” And you’ll have a great time with friends sharing a vision for community engagement in Brooklyn’s biggest development project.

Speak Up For Brooklyn!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:00PM

Piquant NYC
259 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Limited space available! Get your tickets NOW!

Two course dinner and complimentary glass of wine or beer

$175 per person ($120 tax deductible)

One of the last block parties?

For years we’ve held block parties on Dean Street, between 6th and Carlton Avenues (See photos from 20112010, 2009, 2008 and 2007). Closing the street to traffic, we’ve enjoyed grilling, face-painting, games, music and dancing, literally in the street. Could our annual party soon become a thing of the past?

The under-construction Barclays Center Arena of the Atlantic Yards project is scheduled to officially open on September 28, 2012. Forest City Ratner, the developer of the 18,000-seat arena, hopes to host more than 200 events per year. A temporary surface parking lot, with a capacity of 1100 cars, is planned for the block bounded by Dean, Carlton Avenue, Pacific Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. The parking lot and the arena will “sandwich” the block of Dean Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues where we’ve held our block parties.

Will we be allowed to close Dean Street for a block party once the arena opens?

Our 2011 Block Party was a great time!

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Thanks to everyone who came out and made our block party a success, with special shout outs to the organizers, BBQ grillers, face-painters, game-organizers, raffle-ticket-sellers, street-cleaners, Millie & Ed Barreto, Brad White of Primerica and DJ Felix!

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their generous donations!

Ample Hills Creamery
Beast Tapas Bar, Restaurant, Lounge
Cataldo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
Christie’s Jamaican Patties
Dubai Mini Mart
FDNY Engine Co. 219 & Ladder Co. 105
James Restaurant
Kaz An Nou French Caribbean Restaurant
Maya Taqueria
Met Foods
Tracy Collins Photography
Wine Exchange

One Minute Voices – Episode 2 – Doug

This is the second episode in a series of one-minute, casual, interviews with people who live and work in the neighborhood of the Dean Street Block Association (DSBA), 6th to Vanderbilt Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. This episode is an interview with Doug, a 17-year resident of Dean Street.

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Yes, I know this episode is much longer than one minute (the entire conversation was about 10 minutes). Rules are meant to be broken, right?

Do you live or work in the area? Would you like to add about 60 seconds of your voice to the conversation? If so, contact me at tc[at]3c[dot]com.

One Minute Voices – Episode 1 – Abdul

This is the first in a series of one-minute casual interviews with people who live and work in the neighborhood of the Dean Street Block Association (DSBA), 6th to Vanderbilt Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York.

This first episode is an interview with Abdul, one of the owners of the Dubai Mini Mart at 486 Dean Street at 6th Avenue. The store sits diagonally across from the southeast corner of the under-construction Barclays Center of the Atlantic Yards project.

Do you live or work in the area? Would you like to add about 60 seconds of your voice to the conversation? If so, contact me at tc[at]threeCeeMedia[dot]com.

Summer Streets & World Cup – This Saturday on Vanderbilt Avenue

From the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (www.phndc.org):

Summer Streets comes to Vanderbilt Avenue this Saturday — ESPN to screen World Cup games on the avenue

The kick-off for Summer Streets on Vanderbilt begins this Saturday, June 12 with a World Cup celebration including a screening of the World Cup matches outdoors on Vanderbilt Avenue. ESPN will be sponsoring an open-air viewing of the games on a large high-definition projection cube that will be set-up in the middle of Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets.  ESPN will also be sponsoring the ESPN Interactive Zone, which will include lots of games and give-aways. Outdoor screening of matches begins at 10 am with the Argentina-Nigeria match and continues at 2:30 pm when the USA faces England.

This Saturday, June 12th, and on Sundays June 20th and 27th from 12 pm to 5:00 pm, Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean Street and Park Place will trade cars for pedestrians, and honking horns for dancing beats.  Four blocks of the avenue will be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian plaza for the second annual Summer Streets on Vanderbilt.   In addition to the World Cup events, there will be inflatable bouncy castles, face painting and hula hoop contests, capoiera and fashion shows.    Local bands will take center stage and restaurants will flood into the street with outdoor dining.

Presented by the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District (VAMD) and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), 2010 will mark the second annual Summer Streets on Vanderbilt.

More information about the event can be found at www.vanderbiltave.com.
To volunteer, contact danaeo@optonline.net or 718-772-3074.